Theresa May's weak debate performance shows she's no stable leader

She started out claiming to be strong and stable. Then Mrs May was mocked as weak and wobbly after some disastrous U-turns.

Now confused and comical seems more appropriate after her poor performance with Jeremy Paxman and members of the public.

For most politicians, Paxo is the ultimate test. But this is Theresa May we are talking about. For her, the audience was always going to be more difficult. Real people are a problem for this PM.

Mrs May was actually laughed at by audience members in the BBC’s Battle for Number 10 show last night. That’s not a good look for any Prime Minister, let alone one who is forced to “relaunch” her campaign with less than a fortnight to go.

May belly flopped on critical details, such as her decision to cut 20,000 police officers in England. “We had to live within our means” she imperiously stated. Yeah...and the Tories cut taxes for the richest members of society at the same time.

Mocking Mrs May is fast becoming a national pastime – the most interesting aspect of the unwanted GE by far.

A single by Captain Ska mocking her as a LIAR has hit the top 10 in the Apple download charts. (If you want to help it reach No1 for a bargain 79 pence go to itunes).

At the end of the Battle for Number 10, a solitary supporter in the audience gave her a loyal standing ovation. It was painful to watch. Were they trying to work up a sympathy vote? How far has the strong and stable one fallen...

Leadership is standing your ground, sticking to your principles.

May has already shown herself willing to capitulate whenever the Tory right wing press demand it. Their influence over her is a serious concern. These far right Tory papers are fiercely anti-European. If it was up to some of them, we’d be bombing Spain over Gibraltar.

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